"The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing —
to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from —
my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing,
all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back."

~C.S. Lewis

Monday, August 20, 2012

6-week trip in 6 Facebook albums: Quotes and pictures from my summer adventure

I'd read books, solved riddles, attempted Suduku, stopped Suduku (after I realized I didn't know the rules), watched four movies in a row, dozed, drank tea, burned my tongue on the tea, prayed, played mind-benders, practiced raising my right eyebrow, tried to determine if my fellow passengers were right or left handed, doodled something that looked like a phoenix flying out of a supernova into a giant moldy sunflower, talked to random people, worked on developing a photographic memory, practiced reading lips, journaled in my notebook, looked through airplane shopping magazines (and puzzled over advertisements promising I could "millionize my lashes," which sounded dangerous), watched a lady paint her fingernails burgundy, and picked split ends off my hair. I had been traveling for 24 hours and was almost home.

And finally, I was. I returned to Minnesota four days ago and have finally adjusted back to central standard time (after four days of waking up at 3 a.m.). My room has been deemed a disaster area, I've spread gifts across the entire kitchen table, and I've downloaded all my photographs onto my external hard drives. It's good to be back.

The plethora of people to talk to on the train to the Munich Airport was overwhelming.

As each blog post only gets a few pictures on it, I imagine you'll want to see more. Therefore, I've put up some pictures from each country in a public Facebook album, so even if we're not friends on Facebook, you should be able to see them. These are only a few of the best pictures -- I took about 8,000, but there are only two people in the world I currently know of who want to see every single one, and those are my parents. Therefore, what's on Facebook is incredibly stripped down -- if there is any particular place you want to see more pictures of, just ask. Believe me, there are more.

Have fun!

Castles, kissing, and unicorns: Quotes from our summer adventure
Israel. The land of rocks. 
Austria (best mountains, best food, best everything ;) )
Going to Spain and falling in love (with horses) 
Paris, Calais, and je ne parle pas francais... 
England: "This must be what heaven looks like." 
Scotland and flowers and fields and future home